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George M. Cohan

George Michael Cohan (July 3, 1878 – November 5, 1942) was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and theatrical producer.

Cohan began his career as a child, performing with his parents and sister in a vaudeville act known as "The Four Cohans". Beginning with Little Johnny Jones in 1904, he wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals. Cohan wrote more than 50 shows and published more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including the standards "Over There", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "The Yankee Doodle Boy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag". As a composer, he was one of the early members of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He displayed remarkable theatrical longevity, appearing in films until the 1930s and continuing to perform as a headline artist until 1940.

Known in the decade before World War I as "the man who owned Broadway", he is considered the father of American musical comedy. His life and music were depicted in the Oscar-winning film Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and the 1968 musical George M!. A statue of Cohan in Times Square, New York City, commemorates his contributions to American musical theatre.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 3, 1878 (Providence), Died November 5, 1942 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, vocalist, author

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Recordings (Results 126-150 of 212 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 3359 10-in. ca. 1905-Apr. 1906 So long, Mary Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3388 10-in. ca. Jan.-May 1906 You're a grand old rag Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3390 10-in. between January and May 1906 Virginia song J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3529 10-in. ca. 1906 Popularity Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 3596 10-in. ca. Jan.-Mar. 1907 Night time J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 3600 10-in. ca. Jan.-Mar. 1907 You can have Broadway Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3714 10-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1907 Let's take an old fashioned walk Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3715 10-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1907 If I'm going to die, I'm going to have some fun Arthur Collins Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3768 10-in. ca. 1907-Feb. 1908 Under any old flag at all Billy Murray Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3904 10-in. ca. 1908 Yankee Doodle's come to town Billy Murray Male vocal solo and male vocal chorus, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3906 10-in. approximately 1908 Cohan's rag babe Collins and Harlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 3960 10-in. ca. Jan.-Nov. 1908 Sullivan Steve Porter Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 3968 10-in. ca. 1908 Cohan's pet names Herbert L. Clarke ; Josephione De Butts Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 19660 10-in. 11/15/1911 Oh, you wonderful girl Andrea Sarto Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 19719 10-in. 1/8/1912 That haunting melody Andrea Sarto Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 38378 10-in. 10/25/1912 Let's take an old-fashioned walk Ada Jones ; Walter Van Brunt Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 46235 10-in. 12/3/1915 P.S. Mr. Johnson sends best regards George O'Connor Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 77139 10-in. 6/13/1917 Over there Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77328 10-in. 9/12/1917 Over there Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 77410 10-in. 10/4/1917 War song hits Columbia Quartette Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77457 10-in. 10/26/1917 Over there Marconi Brothers Piano accordion trio composer  
Columbia 77510 10-in. 11/13/1917 Over there Arthur Fields Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77943 10-in. 7/1/1918 When you come back, if you do come back George McFarlane Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77982 10-in. 8/1/1918 When you come back and you will come back George MacFarlane Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80501 10-in. 8/7/1922 Nellie Kelly, I love you Prince's Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 126-150 of 212 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cohan, George M.," accessed June 18, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

Cohan, George M.. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102632.

"Cohan, George M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 18 June 2024.

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